Sometimes you find a restaurant worthy of a great mention. That recent find for us was Vine Brook Tavern located in the center of Lexington, Massachusetts. The American restaurant features tavern classics with a twist, such as braised lamb shoulder with ricotta gnocchi, quinoa meatballs with spaghetti squash and slow roasted salmon with a ginger miso broth.
The comfortable neighborhood favorite offers a nice collection of microbrews and wines (mostly American) by the glass to get you started. The two-story restaurant is located in the former Vinny T's space, which was also once the second post office located in town in the early 1800s. There are four dining rooms on the second floor and a lively bar/lounge area on the first.
The focus here is on farm-to-table produce, and we couldn’t wait to try the sticky pork shanks in a sesame-garlic glaze topped with fresh green onions. The hummus made with spicy shrimp is a nice surprise served with a massive portion of Za’atar flatbread pieces for dipping. For dinner, the extra juicy brick chicken served with marble potatoes and parmesan spinach is exceptional.
The 14-ounce prime New York sirloin rivals any Boston steakhouse with its tenderness and flavor. The steaks here are served à la carte, so try pairing them with a rich side of lobster mac and an addicting plate of mushrooms swimming in garlic butter. To finish things off, don’t miss the cookie pie with ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
Vine Brook Tavern is open for lunch and dinner, closed on Mondays.